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Erin Yokayama becomes a predatory bird in New York City premiere of BODYART’s LOFT (photo by David M. Burns)

Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave. at 25th St.
October 4-6, $20, 8:00

Founded by artistic director Leslie Scott in 2006, Astoria-based BODYART specializes in multimedia performances that meld the physical with the imaginative. This week the nine-member company will present two New York City premieres and one world premiere at Baruch, centered around Loft. On a stage covered in a snowlike material and with a row of small bright lights behind them, nine dancers (Rachel Abrahams, Madeline Day, Michele Jongeneel, Alexandra Karigan, Megan Krauszer, Stephanie Mas, Allison Ploor, Kathy VanDereedt, and Erin Yokayama) in black tutus move about the space like a flock of predatory birds to a live, contemporary classical score by W4 New Music performed by PUBLIQuartet. In addition, the world premiere of I want . . . features Abrahams in a solo piece, interacting with animated video by Adam Scher and illustrator Ryan Taylor. The evening also includes 2010’s Script, a piece for seven dancers commissioned by Denton High School in Texas and set to a Philip Glass composition that has been rearranged by the students.

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